Announcing the Appointment of Kimberly Mutcherson as Co-Dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden

Sent Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019

To the Campus Community:

Shortly before the year-end break, I announced my intent to appoint Kimberly Mutcherson as co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden upon Michael Cahill’s resignation from the role due to his selection as dean and president of Brooklyn Law School.

I am happy to report that Kim has accepted the position of co-dean and that she assumed her new duties on January 1. She becomes the first woman, African American, and LGBT law dean at Rutgers.

This is an exciting moment for the growth of Rutgers Law and Rutgers University–Camden. As vice dean and professor at the law school, Kim has an exceptional reputation as a collaborator and as a leader who seeks innovative approaches to serving our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community. She is the right person to work as a full partner with David Lopez, the newly appointed co-dean in Newark. Her proven leadership will provide the stability and vision that will allow us to think strategically about the future growth of the law school.

Kim joined Rutgers in 2002. She teaches Bioethics, Babies and Babymaking, Family Law, South African Constitutional Law, and Torts, among other courses. She spearheaded an effort to increase the availability of academic support for Rutgers Law students and has served as a member of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program Advisory Board and as faculty advisor for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender student organization (OUTLaws) and the Black Law Students Association.

A noted scholar on issues related to reproductive justice, assisted reproduction, and abortion, she is the author of numerous articles on the topics in publications including the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Indiana Law Journal, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book Assisted Reproductive Justice (University of California Press) and the editor of the book Rewriting Reproductive Justice: Feminist Judgments and Reproductive Justice (Cambridge University Press).

She has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. In 2013, she received the Center for Reproductive Rights Innovation in Scholarship Award.

Prior to joining Rutgers Law School, Kim was a consulting attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights and a Fellow and then staff attorney with the HIV Law Project, both in New York. She serves on the advisory boards of the Lawyering Project and the What We Know Project and has served on the Women’s Law Project board.

Please join me in congratulating Kim Mutcherson on her new role and in offering her our full support as we take the next steps in realizing the full benefits of the merged Rutgers Law School.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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